Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/22/12

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 08: Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in action during their game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on October 8, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The options for the Bruins to acquire the offensive help they seek before Monday's trade deadline are dwindling. Wednesday witnessed the removal of two potential trade targets, with Columbus dealing Antoine Vermette to Phoenix and Carolina re-signing Tuomo Ruutu to a four-year extension. The Vermette deal could further limit Boston's options, as it could signal that the Coyotes will not be sellers this season and take Ray Whitney off the market. It's also possible that Vermette could free up Phoenix to move Whitney now that they have another forward in place to fill some of that offensive void. But with...
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